Drawing was my first love from an early age and I was fortunate enough to have an art teacher take me under his wing back in
high school who remains my mentor and friend to this day 36 years later. He is also the person who later taught me animal and man tracking.
Industry 7"x10"(1979): Done in a photorealist style this was my tribute to the working man inspired by the work of photographers like Alfred Stieglitz
and Ansel Adams
Fraz 4"x6" (1984): A portrait of my first cat using graphite on gesso panel.
Cowboy crucifixion 20"x20" (1988) Graphite on gesso panel:
This was a personal challenge to me as no erasers or straight edges were used. It is my commentary on American iconography showing the backside of one
of the Marlboro men billboards which were once commonplace. The gesso panel has 10 coats, each coat hand sanded with 2 different grits of paper. This
leaves a glassy surface with just enough tooth to catch the graphite from the tip of the pencil. I spent 40 hours just preparing the panel to draw on
and it was a nightmare due to the fact that any drop of moisture or touch by a dirty finger would leave a permanent stain and ruin the pure white of
the gesso. It represents over 100 hours of work not including the photo studies and sketches. The last element I would ask you to consider is the
balance between positive and negative space - where the drawing "is" and where it "isn't" and the shapes formed by the negative space.
It's one of my favorite pieces yet I consider it a failure as good art shouldn't require any explanation from the artist. Since I failed to convey
that meaning here is my explanation: The cowboy is the ultimate American icon - free, tough and individualistic yet here is that same icon not in
color but black and white, held up by steel and wood, an industrial fabrication. His image is only an outline, suggesting the cowboy was more implied
than real. Finally, it is an advertising tool, his image crucified on the phallic pole which also is shaped rather like a cigarette. The suggestion is
that he was never real, just a myth propped up using machismo and myth to sell a product.
Rattlesnake (1977) oil on canvas: Some of you might remember this as my old avatar. It was actually my senior year project in high school that was
repainted 3 times after growing frustrated and throwing paint on it. I never did take well to painting and I leave the brushes to more capable hands
like those of ATS moderator Masqua and ATS member Aliquandro both of whom I think are amazing painters.
Track drawings (pen and Ink):
Drawings of animal tracks. These are much more than footprints in the mud, tracks show the very dance of life written upon the matter we were all
created from. They are statements of who, where, when and even why. They are things of beauty made by creatures of great beauty. Tracks are delicate
and soon vanish only to be appear over again and again on tabula terra - the dividing line between earth and sky where the story of life is written
anew each day.
These were some pro bono work I did for the Maymont Nature Center in Richmond, Va.
I would be remiss to not include at least one example of designs I've done for mass produced objects such as guns and Zippo lighters as it constitutes
a fair portion of my working past.
Cherokee rifle- Designed for the Museum of the Cherokee Indian I included any number of mythological themes as well as items important to their clan
system and everyday life. There are Eagle dancers, Kanati and Selu (first hunter and corn maiden), the giant horned serpent Uktena, the sky vault
which once held all the animals, the 7 star cluster and a mask and leaf representing each of the clans. This was never produced which is why I feel no
reservations for posting it here.
Sorry to be so picture-heavy but my work spans too many forms of media so I felt to fairly represent myself I needed at least a couple from each
category. One of my greatest regrets is failing to get pictures of some my best work before sending it away. If you are an artist make sure to
photograph everything that leaves your studio. It can only help you to make the best portfolio possible for yourself.
Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed something in there.
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